Former Bassnectar collaborator Mimi Page launches initiative to promote culture of consent in dance music
A year after a lawsuit was filed against Bassnectar by four women accusing him of sexual abuse, grooming and human trafficking, a former collaborator of the producer has launched a project aimed at stemming sexual violence against professional women and fans within the music industry.
Created by Mimi Page, Dancesafe and Good Night Out Vancouver, this initiative, Healing Is Power, is an eight-week campaign focused on building the knowledge and skills of fans, artists, management, venues and producers. events to prevent and address sexual violence and support healing. A new information module will be published online and via social media every Tuesday until May 17, with the aim, according to organizers, of “presenting knowledge and skills to help dismantle the culture of rape and to build a culture of consent within the music and nightlife communities”.
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Launching on Tuesday, April 12, the third session of Healing Is Power will explore ideas related to the integrity and accountability of public figures. The theme for upcoming sessions includes grooming, bystander intervention, survivor support, and societal healing. Materials from the first two Healing Is Power sessions are available here.
“While still traumatized by my own experiences, I am incredibly passionate about healing the music industry and believe education is an important part of that healing process,” Page said. Billboard. “This specific campaign does not target a specific person or situation, it targets the collective toxicity that will continue unless we continue to shine a light on these issues and evolve our understanding of what respect and healing look like. .”
In July 2020 — as numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, emotional manipulation, and other accusations against born artist Lorin Ashton came to light — Page released a sprawling open letter to the producer. Among other allegations, she says in it that Ashton persuaded her to take a one-time payment of $3,000 for her work on the 2012 song “Butterfly” rather than offer a split of the song’s master royalties. (The song has nearly 9 million Spotify streams.) The letter also addresses the manipulation page and many other women who have made allegations against Ashton say they lived with him in professional and sexual relationships.
“As a collaborator of his who was silently subjected to sexually inappropriate emails, emotional manipulation, and creative and financial abuse by him for many years, I have personally experienced a darker side to this. individual, who was a giant contrast to the ‘feminist’ and ‘social justice activist’ he projected to the public,” Page says. “As a lesser-known independent artist, the power dynamics ingrained in the music industry made me feel powerless over his professional treatment of me, and I was conditioned to believe that this work environment was normal and unavoidable when working with an artist of his caliber in the industry. music industry.
With Healing Is Power, Page works to change these dynamics through education. In the aftermath of the situation, Page was inspired to reach out to DanceSafe, a longtime harm reduction agency within the dance music scene, and British Columbia-based Good Night Out Vancouver, a nonprofit organization. nonprofit focused on ending harassment during parties in bars, clubs, festivals and other spaces. In the year since, the three entities have, according to Page, “spent countless hours creating this campaign from scratch, and I’ve never been more inspired by the work done by these incredible people…Because of their knowledge, passion and dedication, I believe in a better and safer future not only for our collective industry, but also for the next generation of creatives and fans.
The campaign trailer features Page’s ethereal voice, as well as a butterfly symbol, a direct nod to Page’s Bassnectar collaboration.
“A lot of her fans were traumatized by what happened and removed her tattoos…and I had many female fans with butterfly tattoos who contacted me and told me that even s ‘they were traumatized by their tattoos, it meant a lot to them that I was standing up for survivors and for collective healing,” Page says. “Using the butterfly in this campaign allows me to reclaim love, light and the beauty I wanted, and for anyone who needs a beacon of hope in these dark times.”
This free campaign is available through the DanceSafe and Good Night Out Vancouver websites and instagram accountsas well as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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